Perhaps we are becoming accustomed to these manic cities of South East Asia, but we did not struggle with the hecticness of Phnom Penh that so many had told us about. Although the streets continue in the theme of Bangkok, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with huge amounts of traffic, we were pleased to find that generally the traffic stopped when the light was red – a phenomenon that had been less evident in Vietnam!
Hidden away in the south eastern corner of Cambodia are these two coastal getaways. Their charm is unique and definately a little rough around the edges – though it is in this that lies their charm. Originally built by the French in the 1920s as plush colonial getaways and then used by rich Cambodians in the 1960s and 1970s, they both fell into disrepair and were pretty much abandoned with the arrival of the Khmer Rouge. Although going through a revival (especially Kep) the earlier desertion is still evident in the derelict buildings and run down buildings.